CHILDREN’S BOOKS

Astrid Lindgren

Lindgren, who was born in Sweden and got her start working at a publishing company, is one of the world’s most famous children’s authors. Her books have sold over 140 million copies worldwide, which include Pippi Longstocking, The Children of Noisy Village, and Tomten. The character Pippi Longstocking was invented for her daughter to amuse her while she was ill in bed.




 

Pippi Longstocking – $4.76

 

 

The children in the noisy village – $5.99

 

Fun fact: If you look at the 20 kronor banknotes, you’ll see Mrs. Lindgren!

 

Jostein Gaarder

Gaarder is a Norwegian author based in Oslo who is famous for his short stories and children’s novels. His most famous work is Sophie’s World, which is the story of a young girl who goes on a search for the meaning behind philosophy in her small Norwegian town.

 

Sophie’s World – $12.14




 

 

Hans Christian Andersen


Perhaps one of the most famous authors on this list, H.C. Andersen’s books have been enjoyed for generations. His fairytale children’s stories have been made into books, songs, spinoffs, and include The Little Mermaid, The Ugly Duckling, The Princess and the Pea, and The Sleeping Beauty.

 

Fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen – $21.44

 

 

Fun fact: The world “eventyr” in Danish means “fairy-tales” in English, which was the genre of Andersen’s stories. 

 

Elsa Beskow

Elsa Beskow was born in Stockholm in 1874 and is more than 50 years after her death still one of the most relevant children’s book authors in Sweden. Some of her most famous works include Aunt Green, Aunt Brown and Aunt Lavender, The Sun Egg, and Peter in Blueberry Land, which have become timeless classics. Her characters can even be found in moderns designs by Ittala!

 

The Sun Egg – $9.95

 




 

Aunt Green, Aunt Brown and Aunt Lavender – $17.95

Selma Lagerlöf

Selma is another Swedish children’s book author known for her book, Nils Holgerssons Underbara Resa Genom Sverige (The Wonderful Adventures of Nils), a novel about a boy from the southernmost part of Sweden, who was shrunk to the size of a thumb and traveled on the back of a goose across the country. Just like Nils, Selma traveled around the world to places like Israel and Italy to create journals and develop her books – which were then turned into movies.

Fun Fact: She was the first female writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature!




 

The Wonderful Adventures of Nils – $7.95

Tove Jansson

 

If you’ve been to Finland (or have a Finnish friend), you’ve probably heard of the Moomins. These cute characters, which look similar to a white hippopotamus, were inspired by Jansson’s childhood in the Finnish countryside. In fact, the Moomin comic series became so popular that a Moomin-themed amusement park was created that’s still open today!




 

Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip – Book One – $31.63

 

Tales from the Moominvalley – $7.99

 

 

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Luda Berdnyk

Luda Berdnyk

Luda is originally from a tiny city in Ukraine, but moved to San Francisco, California, when she was a child and has lived there for 17+ years. Her interests include traveling, learning about (and trying food from) different countries, hiking, and exploring her city.
Luda Berdnyk

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